Prestigious Beck Institute provides unique opportunities for Assumption students pursuing a degree in psychology
Cognitive therapy, first developed in the 1960s by American psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck, is based on the model that connects thoughts and feelings with behaviors and actions. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be effective for a wide variety of psychological and interpersonal problems, and for some problems (e.g., anxiety), it is the treatment of choice.
Individuals working with a cognitive therapist learn and practice ways to change negative thought patterns and work to understand the relationship between such thoughts and their emotions. This form of therapy helps individuals build their own set of tools and skills they can use independently of a therapist.
Assumption bachelor’s degree students can explore a concentration in cognitive and brain science. Many undergraduate students apply to Assumption’s graduate program in counseling psychology, which is affiliated with the prestigious Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies.
The Institute, housed within the Assumption school of Graduate Studies on-campus in Worcester, MA, is one of only two in the country.
Every year, the Institute hosts internationally recognized psychologists and psychiatrists for its workshop series. Dr. Leonard Doerfler, professor and director of the Counseling Psychology Program says, “For students who are interested in understanding what cognitive therapy involves, the Institute’s workshops offer an opportunity to see what this kind of treatment involves. There is a major difference between reading a description of cognitive therapy in a book and seeing real life examples and demonstrations of how cognitive therapy is carried out. No other college or university offers undergraduate students a chance to get a “front row” seat at workshops that are led by experts in cognitive therapy.”
Assumption psychology students can attend free of charge. The goal of Institute workshops is to provide mental health professionals, Assumption College students, and the community at large with expert information about cognitive therapy and its efficacy in resolving problems in daily living. Intensive instruction is provided in clinical topics that enhance the professional skills of Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers.
On May 26, Dr. Douglas Turkington, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, and Dr. David Kingdon, Professor of Mental Health Care Delivery at the University of Southampton, UK, will speak about cognitive therapy for schizophrenia.
Recent clinical workshops have addressed developments in cognitive therapy for depression and suicide in children, schizophrenia, ADHD, anxiety disorders (posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder), and moderate to severe depression in adults, as well as teaching parenting skills so that parents can raise happy, resilient children.